January 3, 2019 Subject:
22nd Trip Around the Sun
Show is awesome- for any era. It's spirited and high-energy from the get-go and never relents. This is the best audio in the archive, but you might want to check voodoonola's video on youtube. It's incomplete, but still fun to watch. Listen to the Bucket and Sugaree openers and you'll be hooked.
Show marks the third night of a five-night 87 MSG residency; their first of six residencies there. This whole show is great, but the definite highlight includes the entire post-space suite (as Mind Wonderin mentions). Absolutely relentless. Show ranks only behind 12/31/87 (62) as "favorite tapes" in deadbase; 9/18 comes in with 52 votes.
October 25, 2017 Subject:
Madison Square Spaceship
Long-considered a top show of '87 - or should say, it has its acolytes. It became a must-hear around '88-'90, but it used to be hard to find a clean copy, with many distorted, hissy or ill-pitched AUDs going around (and there were other great shows from '87 vying for the deck). It stands up today though, and being an adherent of '87, I'd say it's squarely in the top 5 for the year. Lots of good shows were pulled out of MSG - often one per run as an unusually good night. This show is known for a hot sequence in the second set - in fact the (cleaner) second set was probably traded more than the whole show. But you gotta do the whole show, don'cha know.
First Set. Bobby does a Rocky & Bullwinkle intro. If you don't get it, neither did the people there. On the off-night of the run, he & Jer did Letterman, where Bobby worked up a "parlor trick" - he & Dave and Biff & Paul lifted Jer from his chair. They also played Masterpiece and showed a clip from the So Far video. Hellina takes off slamming and snarling. Jer can take an extra measure and not lose anyone - a good sign. The whole set's above average, but note that the Candyman is just about the year's best. Masterpiece also stands out and the Bird Song really goes places - though the drummers aren't always in the same place, and the mix on 30 Trips is too light on Jer. One song shorter than most, but not the shortest set from the era.
Second Set. Solid but average '87 GOGD, until coming out of Space. Goin' Down the Road had been a rarity in '87, and this one comes out tight & uptempo - better even than Red Rocks and Chicago. That sets up nice for one of the best sequences ever. The Watchtower through the Good Lovin' reprise is why we love this band. Watchtower is probably in the top 5 of the Brent era. Of COURSE Morning Dew is better than Cornell '77, since that one isn't the best of that year. La Bamba was played into Good Lovin' in '70; a few times on this tour it was revived, in reverse. The encore is also solid - though I'm partial to Brent's Knockins.
1st Set: B 2nd Set: A-
Overall = 4½ stars
Hell in a Bucket - rocket sled and Jer takes more
Candyman - all falls into place, don't miss
Goin' Down the Road>encore - a highly-regarded sequence. Enjoy.
SOURCES: The 137535_sbd_miller update is the most complete and dynamic SBD. There's a wonderful Tobin matrix (134455.mtx). The SBDs that first went around were boomy, and you can see that the cole_19002 is brickwalled and clipped, and that others are a bit distorted. There are several good AUDs, and of course the official release, which uses Healy's "ultra-mix" (the SBD with the aud mic'd & mixed in one channel - not a "matrix", as sometimes claimed, because it's not two distinct sources). The show's usually up on Youtube (sans Man Smart, Drums>Space), as well as the Letterman appearance.